1993 Toyota HDJ81
Sport Utilities are among the best-selling segments in today's automotive universe. Sadly many of these new vehicles fail to traverse anything more than a gravel parking lot, and are more akin to sedans than trucks. This 1993 Land Cruiser is a capable four-wheel-drive rig, and best of all, is powered by the legendary 1HD-T 4.2L turbo diesel. Redone in a one-off Tuxedo Black from the original Emerald Green (6M1), the body is in good shape aside from some minor dings, chips, and scratches associated with normal use. The "tough guy" aesthetic is reinforced with a body-color grille, privacy tint, LED taillights, and tinted rainguards. Offered with a mere 141k verified and documented miles, this recently serviced five-seater is luxurious, determined, and reliable. It would make for a wonderful year-round family hauler or adventure truck. Whatever you choose, this 80 Series is a Japanese Classic that's is turn-key and ready to roll!
The cabin is spacious, well equipped, and in good shape overall. Sure there are some imperfections to note, like a singular dash crack, but its clear this car was cared for in a prior life. Upgrades include a wood grain steering wheel and Clarion touchscreen audio. It even has Bluetooth capability, and a speaker upgrade returns above-average sound quality. Another nice touch is the Clazzio S leather seat covers that are fitted, and upscale looking. They protect the cloth seats below and are simple to clean and easy to maintain. Power windows, locks, and mirrors are all standard and work as they should. The power-folding feature is key for city parking as this truck isn't exactly small. VX Limited trims like this one have optional equipment which lesser Cruisers lacked. For instance, the CoolBox center console keeps libations on ice when on a long road trip. Also, a large power-retractable sunroof adds some natural light and ventilation. The carpets, headliner, and door cards are in good nick and lack any major blemishes. The cargo area has resisted any major damage and offers a large loading area with a split tailgate.
The Land Cruiser is fast, smooth, and efficient. The drivetrain is a good one and propulsion is handled by a 4.2L diesel that is fresh off an oil and filter service. It starts right up thanks to two new 12v batteries that we installed in our shop. The inline-six idles with little vibration and is connected to an automatic transmission with full-time 4WD. Low gearing is available if you get stuck in some snow or mud, and the center locking differential can be engaged to maximize traction. The massive wheelbase delivers a decent highway ride, and large and small bumps are gobbled up by the suspension. The brakes feel confident and the power steering is light and easy to articulate. The alloy wheels are all wrapped in new Falken all-terrain rubber that looks great and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.